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'Bring Out Your Dead': A street during the Great Plague in London, 1665, with a death cart and mourners. Wellcome Collection.

Can we learn from history about how diseases spread, and how we respond to them?

Interieur van de Tribuna van de Uffizi in Florence, anonymous, c. 1870 - c. 1890. Rijksmuseum.

‘History seems to have little influence on many of our rulers.’ 

Freja Seeking Her Husband, by Nils Blommér, 1852, Stockholm National Museum, Sweden. Nationalmuseum Stockholm/akg-images.

The Norse god who found a new immortality in the stage works of Richard Wagner.

Women bathing in Brighton, engraving by William Heath, 19th century. Courtesy Wellcome Images.

How long was the presidency of William Henry Harrison? Which country lasted only one day?

Nazi uniforms at the Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin. Wiki Commons / Richard Mortel.

The history of the Third Reich remains as popular as ever. Why?

Recording on a phonograph, 1905.

Join us as we explore a fantastic range of historical subjects and eras with those who know it best.

OGS Crawford photographed at Stonehenge in 1926. Photographer unknown. Image courtesy of the OGS Crawford Photographic Archive, Institute of Archaeology, Oxford.  

‘Our work on the Calais ‘Jungle’ forced me to change my mind about freedom of movement.’


Which president appears on the $5,000 bill? When was the Reichstag Fire?

Crowd in front of the Piercy Roberts window in London Caricature Shop, 1801. Rijksmuseum.

Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms are widely used by historians. But does anyone benefit?

Triumph of Galatea, c.1512, by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (Raphael), Villa Farnesina, Rome © Getty Images.

The water nymph, whose affair with a peasant shepherd inspired numerous works of art.